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Death of a Superhero

Death of a Superhero
  • 2011
  • Germany
  • 98 min
  • Directed by: Ian Fitzgibbon
  • Written by: Anthony McCarten
  • Cast: Andy Serkis, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Aisling Loftus

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After several cycles of chemotherapy, 14-year-old Donald feels he has little left to hope for. When Donald's parents urge him to confront his feelings, he retreats further into his own head, channelling his thoughts into sinister and eerily beautiful comic book drawings. In the universe of his sketches he becomes a brawny superhero dedicated to fighting his arch-enemy: a mad scientist called The Glove, who wields syringes for fingers. Director Ian Fitzgibbon's film is a poignant coming-of-age story with a dark undertone, addressing the most painful of circumstances alongside a rich and often humorous treatment of classic teen preoccupations. The screening on Wednesday 22 February (20.30) will be introduced by a representative from the Teenage Cancer Trust. Part of Glasgow Film Festival 2012: Kapow!@GFF.

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